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Walks in the Park with Friends of Baxter State Park

Walk in the Park
Winter Walk  Photo by Jym St.Pierre

Each year, a few members of Friends of Baxter State Park make the journey to Millinocket on Opening Day, the day after Martin Luther King Day, and stand in line in sub-zero weather to make reservations for Walks in the Park. Now, be forewarned. A “Walk” in the Park can be just that, a walk; but it can also be a backcountry camping trip, a mountain ascent, or a guided geology tour.

We invite you to join other Friends in the Park. Cabin, bunkhouse, lean-to – we’ve got some of each lined up for each season, in the north and in the south of the Park. We’ve arranged for a winter ski trip to Katahdin Lake as well as what has become known as the “Warm” Winter Weekend in cabins accessible by car. Most trips are two or three nights, but some are shorter day trips.

Here is our 2015 schedule for Walks in the Park:

North Brother Day Hike: July 17
Capacity: 11 people   Cost: Free
Last year, a Maine Conservation Corps crew funded by FBSP did some great work on the Marston Trail. We’ll check it out on our way to
climb North Brother – a challenging hike with great views of the Klondike and the wild north side of Katahdin. Host: Aaron Megquier

South Branch Pond Weekend: July 24 – July 26
Capacity: 8 people   Cost $11.00 per person, per night
Enjoy two nights at South Branch Pond, with wonderful opportunities for hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, and relaxing.
Host: Dick Klain

Kidney Pond Weekend: August 27 – 30
Capacity: 10 people   Cost: To be Determined
Kidney Pond makes a wonderful base camp for hiking on the western side of the Park, paddling the many ponds in the area, or just relaxing in the library with friends. Accommodations in shared cabins. Join our day hike of Doubletop on Friday if you wish.
Host: Jill Ippoliti

Doubletop Day Hike: August 28
Capacity: 11 people   Cost: Free
One of the most distinctive summits in the Park, Doubletop offers a challenging day hike with great views. We’ll hike from the south via the trailhead at Kidney Pond.
Host: Aaron Megquier

Space is limited. To sign up contact admin@friendsofbaxter and Sarah will verify availability and put you in touch with the host.